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T-SQL Tuesday #026 – Its 2012 already?

All right. It is a new year, and our first TSQL Tuesday event. “DO OVERS!”  Nice topic. So why am I picking ‘New Years Resolutions’, (I mean ‘New Years Goal’s’) when I don’t really believe in them. I agree with several other bloggers that I follow as far as ‘If it’s something worth doing, why aren’t you already doing it?’. Well, after reading @Buckwoody ‘s post about Valentine’s Day and Your Career, how could you not comprise a list?

It’s just like Valentines Day, it’s a Holiday created by somebody somewhere that really doesn’t have any meaning to it. So? Go thru the ritual anyway. It’s not going to hurt you, and in the long run, it will be good for you. So here goes.

#1. Read a book a month. This is something I’m taking from Paul Randal and Tony Gentilecore. I am going to have two books to read every two months (one technical, and one not) and get them read over those two months. I think it will set a good example for my kids, who in their generation, aren’t reading near enough (paper or otherwise).

#2. RTFM365. I like Jen McCown’s idea of reading from the SQL Server Books Online Daily. I’m in. I started something like this back in August, but fell away from it, after learning many things that I didn’t know yet. I certainly have more to learn.

#3. I need to spend more time with my wife and kids, more specifically, getting them back into being fitness oriented. I have taken the last two years, and gotten myself back into shape. Even with my athletic background, this has been quite a task, if not an unfinished one. My kids are growing up, and they need their Dad. All three of them. I don’t want them to be like the rest of their generation that is growing out instead of up. At least once a week, we are going to do something that gets them off the couch and away from their video games/TVs.

#4. I’m going to write on my blog at least once a week. This should be interesting with all the things I am adding to my schedule. Good thing I’m not an avid TV watcher.

#5. I’m going to train myself to be able to do a handstand. This has been a goal of mine. I’m commiting to it this year. This may seem weird to most of you, and I’m 6’5” and 280#. Why not? We should all be inverted more!

#6. I’m going to jump rope (at least 100 jumps) every day. I’m committing to losing 10#s before our trip to Disney World in March. I think this would be a good exercise that I can get into. Working on my doublejumps might be a good goal as well (6b?). An old friend and college teammate Tim Sinnett. He would jump rope to warm up before every game. He was the shortest on the team, but could jump out of his socks! I think it will do wonders for me. Might even get one of those mini-tramps (if I can find room in my house to use it!)

#7. I’m going to rebuild my computer network at home. This could be an interesting task. I haven’t done this since I was single (11 years ago?). I want to set up a server at home I can load SQL Server on, and get to know it better. I know this will help me in whatever direction I end up going (DBA or BI developer). I think it is important to understand what is going on inside.

#8. Make more friends. I’m really an outgoing person that isn’t shy. But I haven’t taken the time to make any new friends. Getting involved with SQL Saturday back in August was one of the greatest events of 2011 for me. I’m reminded that you are the sum of your five closest friends… and I need to make some more friends!

#9. I am going to get more involved in the SQL community. This kind of follows with the one above.  I hope John Morehouse reads this and takes a hint. I am volunteering!

That should be a good start, I think. This is almost a list of ‘what I should have done in 2011’, but that is for another blog post. I hope I have given you some good examples, so that your wheels are turning in setting up what you are going to do in 2012. Take some time right now, and figure out what you are going to do this year. Yes, right now. Leave your comments below.

Its going to be a great year!  Are you going to end up a year older, with nothing to show for it?  Or are you going to take action?

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